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SubjectRe: MM/VM todo list
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On Fri, 05 Jan 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:
> Hi,
>
> here is a TODO list for the memory management area of the
> Linux kernel, with both trivial things that could be done
> for later 2.4 releases and more complex things that really
> have to be 2.5 things.
>
> Most of these can be found on http://linux24.sourceforge.net/ too
>
> Trivial stuff:
> * VM: better IO clustering for swap (and filesystem) IO
> * Marcelo's swapin/out clustering code
> * ->writepage() IO clustering support
> * page_launder()/->writepage() working together in avoiding
> low-yield (small cluster) IO at first, ...
> * VM: include Ben LaHaise's code, which moves readahead to the
> VMA level, this way we can do streaming swap IO, complete with
> drop_behind()
> * VM: enforce RSS ulimit
>
>
> Probably 2.5 era:
> * VM: physical->virtual reverse mapping, so we can do much
> better page aging with less CPU usage spikes
> * VM: move all the global VM variables, lists, etc. into the
> pgdat struct for better NUMA scalability
> * VM: per-node kswapd for NUMA
> * VM: thrashing control, maybe process suspension with some
> forced swapping ? (trivial only in theory)
> * VM: experiment with different active lists / aging pages
> of different ages at different rates + other page replacement
> improvements
> * VM: Quality of Service / fairness / ... improvements
>
>
> Additions to this list are always welcome, I'll put it online
> on the Linux-MM pages (http://www.linux.eu.org/Linux-MM/) soon.

I'd like to suggest variable sized pages as a research topic. It's not
clear whether we're talking 2.5 or 2.7 here.

--
Daniel
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